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Ilija Trojanow


Edited By Julian Preece

Ilija Trojanow, born in Bulgaria in 1965 and brought up in East Africa, established his name as an international writer with the novel Der Weltensammler or The Collector of Worlds (2006), about the cross-cultural Victorian adventurer Sir Richard Francis Burton. Since the mid-1990s Trojanow has been prolific in a number of genres, including travel, ethnography and science fiction. He has also become a major public intellectual in Austria and Germany with provocative interventions on topics such as Islam and the West, civil rights in the age of cybersurveillance and climate change. His imaginative writing sits at the centre of a number of defining contemporary concerns, in particular the relationship between identity, language and culture.
This volume contains an interview with Trojanow, a previously unpublished essay by him on Lessing’s Enlightenment parable of inter-religious tolerance, Nathan der Weise ( Nathan the Wise), and essays by European and North American scholars on central aspects of his growing œuvre. The contributors explore why Trojanow is one of today’s leading writers of German while challenging a number of myths that have grown up around him and his magnum opus, Der Weltensammler.


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This bibliography contains only items which have been cited in this volume. For a list of Trojanow’s major book publications, see also ‘Biographical/ Bibliographical Chronology: Ilija Trojanow’. For details of editions cited by the contributors, see the notes in their chapters. For a comprehensive list of items of journalism both by and about Trojanow, I recommend the Innsbrucker Zeitungsarchiv (). Ilija Trojanow An den Inneren Ufern Indiens. Eine Reise entlang des Ganges (Munich: Hanser, 2003). Translated by the author with Ranjit Hoskoté as Along the Ganges (London: Haus, 2005) (with Juli Zeh) Angrif f auf die Freiheit. Sicherheitswahn, Überwachungstaat und der Abbau bürgerlicher Rechte [Attack on Freedom. Security Mania, the Surveillance State and the Demolition of Civil Rights] (Munich/Vienna: Hanser, 2009) ‘Antarktis. Die letzte Leere’ [Antarctica. The Last Emptiness], Die Zeit (12 Decem- ber 2008) Der entfesselte Globus. Reportagen [The Unchained Globe. Dispatches] (Munich/ Vienna: Hanser, 2008) (with Rudolf Spindler) Autopol (Munich: dtv, 1997) Der Sadhu an der Teufelswand. Reportagen aus einem anderen Indien [The Sadhu on the Devil’s Wall. Dispatches from a Dif ferent India] (Munich: Frederking & Thaler, 2002) Der Weltensammler (Munich/Vienna: Hanser, 2007). Translated by William Hobson as The Collector of Worlds (London: Faber and Faber, 2008) ‘Die Wahrheit der verwischten Fakten’ [The Truth in the Blurring of the Facts], in Die Welt des Ryszard Kapuściński. Ausgewählte Geschichten und Reportagen [The World of Ryszard Kapuściński. Selected Stories and Dispatches] (Frankfurt am Main: Eichborn, 2007), pp. 7–14 188 Bibliography Die fingierte Revolution. Bulgarien,...

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